Open Space on Cape Cod To Be Included In New National Wildlife Refuge

fish-and-wildlifeBERWICK, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has finalized the creation of a new national wildliferefugethat will be located in parts of six states.

Great Thicket National WildlifeRefugewill be located on non-contiguous land in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. The wildlife service announced the creation of therefugeon Tuesday.

Open space on Cape Cod will be included in the new refuge.

The federal agency says it will work with “willing and interested” landowners in 10 targeted areas to acquire up to 23.4 square miles. The service says therefugewill provide habitat for more than 2,100 types of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. More than 380 of those species are endangered.

The land consists of shrubland and young forests.

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